July 21st, 2010
03:59 PM ET

Web Pulse: Day of 'snooker'ing

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It's not exactly a new word, but when's the last time you heard it - "snooker"?

According to Merriam-Webster, it means "to dupe."

NAACP "snookered" - On Wednesday, the president of the NAACP said his organization had been snookered into thinking that ex-U.S. Department of Agriculture worker Shirley Sherrod had made racist remarks at a NAACP dinner in March. In a headline-dominating drama that began Tuesday morning and continued Wednesday, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said he regretted first-blush criticism of Sherrod.

Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart was the first to post a video clip of Sherrod over the weekend, which Fox then picked up. CNN devoted all day and night Tuesday on the developing story, which has sparked reaction everywhere.  The Dallas Morning News is mad about the whole thing. And so are Facebookers who created a page called "Give Shirley Sherrod Her Job Back Now!" Thing is, she might not want it.

Bad photoshop, bad! - BP admitted to altering an image of the company's oil spill control center. A staff photographer manipulated pictures of engineers looking at three blank screens at the control center, making the screens appear as if they were displaying underwater shots, to "enhance the quality of the photo," BP said. The photographer had no intention of misleading anyone, the company stressed. Tweets abounded about what seemed like a poor paste job. Let's hope BP has better command of stopping the oil spill than it does with Photoshop.

"Jersey Shore" connection? - Oh, this transition could not have been more convenient for Web Pulse. "Snooki'" and the spray-tanned gang from the MTV show "Jersey Shore" will be back for season three, the network said. Jenni "J-Woww" Farley told Steppin' Out magazine that the rumblings of a strike were "very untrue." Reports had been circulating that kids were angling for $30,000 per episode.

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    July 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JOSEPH QUAYE

    HAHAHHAH people still missed the fact that the NAACP crowd still chuckled at her story of not helping the white man. Hmmmmmm sounds like a bunch of racists to me. But of course the blame and all the finger pointing will be directed at a certain blogger and news network with this "news" network on the forefront of that liberal mob mentality.

    July 21, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Liz

    You're blaming everyone except the right-wing blogger and Fox News that perpetuated this fraudulent story.

    July 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • scarlet

      Hey Liz, tell the truth Sherrod HAD ALREADY BEEN FIRED, BEFORE FOX NEWS REPORTED ON IT. Why can't you, CNN, ABC, NBC MSNBC, tell the truth?? Why can't you ever give the facts? I know it's acceptable these days, to lie. mislead cheat whatever it takes. We see this in main stream media everyday. What's hard to believe that anyone is still watching these networks.. I would think, no matter your politics you would still want the truth, the facts, and not settle for reporters who lie and distort. Don't you think you deserve better? These networks have no HONOR.

      July 23, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chuck

    NAACP "snookered" by Fox News? I didn't realize NAACP took their cues from Fox. But I guess you have to blame someone other than being responsible your own incompetence.

    July 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthie

      right on brother!

      July 22, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. eiseman

    Right...of course! Who needs to take personal responsibility for your actions when you can point the finger at THEM! They MADE me do it...we are a now NAACPHM (herd mentality) and have no independent thought...whatever the White House says is good with us...unless of course THEY change their mind...and then it wasn't our fault either...IN FACT, we the NAACP have now standardized on the same platform as the White House: IT IS NEVER OUR FAULT NO MATTER WHAT WE SAY OR DO.

    July 21, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bernice

    SHUT DOWN FOX ...Wake up Americans..Get rid of all the country dividers..Put them in the unemployment line..The republicans go home every day laughing at these uneducated & ignorant Americans that vote for them...I can't wait for all the truth to come out about these nutjobs that have destroyed our country..I think it's a bit premature to be tooting their horn about winning ANYTHING!!!

    July 22, 2010 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      BERNICE your no better than the NAACP. But I guess its the american way to blame somebody else other than take responsibility for your life. Maybe you should attack a country.

      July 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • scarlet

      Denise, your an idiot, that's how i know you listen to CNN. Sherrod had already been fired before Fox even reported on it. But, the more she continues to talk the more i feel she hasn't changed as much as she would like us to believe. Even when telling her story 24 yrs later, she still had a tone. You would think after what she just experienced, she wouldn't be so quick to go on all those tv shows today calling Fox news racist. If anything Glenn Beck defended her. But, she is friends with the NAACP, and you are known by the company you keep. Maybe, she shouldn't hang out with racist. I love how all of you liberals need to blame someone. step up take responsibility!!

      July 23, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Leslie

    The NAACP makes me sick! How can you be "snookered" by an outside media outlet into making a statement about a speaker at an event you HOSTED??? Didn't you listen to your own speaker??? Just have some integrity and admit you wanted to get your name in the news on this issue and snookered yourselves for not reviewing your own tape before making comment. Dumb_ _ _!

    July 22, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |